Wk 6 -Art Experience – Photowalk

This week’s art experience was a photowalk! My tour was Joshua Hyun. His tour consisted of the pyramid, with multiple stops along the way to see CSULB’s “tourist” spots. Lastly, we visited the Japanese garden. The walk was pretty long, but I really enjoyed it. It was nice to stop and appreciate the sculptures/ scenery. Joshua also gave the group small descriptions at each stop. I thought that was very helpful too. I learned more about CSULB’s history.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.30.22 PM

This was the first stop.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.30.14 PM

I took this photo in an upward angle to signify how this sculpture could be watching over the students of CSULB.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.30.08 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.29.59 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.29.08 PM

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.28.54 PM

We met a duck on the way!

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.29.01 PM

I took a regular angle photo at an upward angle to signify how small and insignificant the ducks are.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.30.29 PM

A wild Eddie appeared

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.29.45 PM

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.29.25 PM

He blocked the view :/

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.26.41 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.27.37 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.27.50 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.28.00 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.28.06 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.28.25 PM

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.28.37 PM

I took this at a closer angle to emphasize the koi’s beauty and simplicity.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.30.36 PM

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.50.51 PM

Lastly, the pyramid. I took this when I was walking back.

This tour really let me admire the beauty CSULB has to offer. I really enjoyed analyzing all the stops.


Wk 5 – Art Experience – Cuisine

This week’s art experience was to do either cuisine, couture, or coiffure.  I chose cuisine! I modeled my creation after this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBBxEUFDuig. I really love the Japanese character Rilakkuma. Here is a picture of all my Rilakkuma plushies, and my dog.

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 9.49.41 PM.png

So that’s the main reason why I chose to make the Rilakkuma sleeping rice!

I first started off by making the egg – which is the blanket.

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 9.50.59 PM

Next, I mixed the rice and ketchup!

After, I molded the rice to form the body.

Finally it’s finished! I just arranged the food. I also uploaded my creation onto snapchat!

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 9.55.07 PM.png

Overall, it was very fun making this! I did achieve my goal. I feel like my creation looks almost as similar as the tutorial’s video. I was very surprised that I was able to do this on my own, and in about 30 minutes. I watched FRIENDS to speed up the process.  I learned that the art of cuisine is time consuming, but also very rewarding.What I would do differently next time is that I would use less materials.  I ended up having too much rice less over.


Wk 5 – Artist Conversation – Andre Ritter

Artist: Andre Ritter
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form; Single Entity
Media: Metals, aluminum
Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

Graduating recently, last spring Ritter obtained his BFA in metals from CSULB. Ritter’s interests include comic books, watching The Walking Dead, playing volleyball on the weekend, and visiting art galleries. Ritter also said that he hopes to someday set up an art program at his son’s elementary school. Having undergraduates run the program, he hopes to incorporate the element of art into their core education. Ritter also expressed an interest in vacationing, exploring, and researching other cultures. Ritter also related that the most difficult metal he has worked with was steel.

For the lamp, Ritter said that he used simplistic aluminum. Specifically he contacted a company that did hydogening. After that, he sent them a computer file, shaped out a design, and finally decided on using the method of water jetting. He chose water jetting since it gave the cleanest cut, and was the quickest. Concerning the headdress, andre used two feathers: blue and green, and arranged them in a mix- match pattern. For all the projects Andre used aluminum metal. Almost all the designs consist of a geometric, sharp- edged, pattern. Andre related that he worked with aluminum metal since it was the easiest material to work with

Ritter said that his main inspiration was nature, all things South Pacific, and mainly exotic places. Ritter said that he took inspiration from nature, motion, detail, and objects that are healing to the agoraphobic. The headdress and lamp were inspired after “vacation” islands. Ritter said that the lamp was created because it reminded  him of how it would feel to be on an island during a stormy evening. The headdress was inspired after tropical, exotic places; specifically places where people read about but don’t get to go to. I believe Ritter was trying to create these pieces with the words “relax” and “calming” in mind. For these pieces use very easy, smooth colors. Nothing bright or rough, these colors connote feelings of relaxation and peace – the exact emotion you would feel if you were on a vacation on a tropical island.

I truly enjoyed Ritter’s pieces. With today’s fast paced society, these pieces give off a easy, care free vibe, which is a rare feeling within today’s current society. Ritter’s pieces really resonate with me because I love the dreamy, relaxing connotations it brings. These pieces do carry the theme of a far off island. Relating to my academic experience, these pieces remind me of my A.P. English 4 class during senior year of high school. We studied Life of Pi. In the story, the main protagonist, Pi, gets stuck on a tropical island. I feel as though Pi would of found pieces such as these there. Overall, I really enjoyed Ritter’s artwork.


Wk 5 – Classmate Conversation – Leon Phung

This week’s classmate conversation is on Leon Phung. He is currently a sophomore at CSULB. Leon’s major is civil engineering. When asked why he took this class, Leon told me that he took it because it looked fun. Leon’s hobbies include driving around town, looking at scenery. His favorite movies are the fast and furious series. He currently works at Baskin Robbins. Leon also commutes to campus, like myself. Leon is 20 years old. He is also Vietnamese. Leon came to America 6 years ago. He is from South of Vietnam. Specifically Dai Lat.

Leon’s wordpress: leonvonapple.wordpress.com


Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 2.42.34 PM.png

Nice to meet you Leon!


Wk 4 – Art Experience – Graffiti Writing

This week’s art experience was graffiti writing. I started off by sketching how I wanted my name written. Luckily my dad had some spray paint bottles in his toolbox so he let me have one for this project. After I took some cardboard out and set it int he backyard.

Here’s my quick sketch

Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 8.31.53 PM.png

and here’s the finished result

Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 8.32.03 PM

To be honest, mine turned out very badly. But overall this experience was fun and enjoyable.


Wk4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jenri

Artist: Samuel Jenri
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: cargocollective.com/samueljernigan
Instagram: samueljenri

Samuel Jenri is from central California, specifically the Bay area. He grew up in an agricultural area. He claims that he loves food, and is always in the mood for fresh tomatoes. He is a musician and likes to play guitar in his spare time. He is a recent CSULB graduate and he majored in ceramics. He got into art from human productions, and was able to pursue this major since he knew the material pretty well.

This particular art exhibition consists of smooth textures and soothing colors. The main color schemes is peach, blue, red, etc. The scale is medium, not too big, which makes it not too overwhelming. The shapes vary, most shapes are fish, with one sculpture being a neckline sculpture. The materials used were spray paint and regular paint, giving off a simple yet elegant vibe.

When discussing to Jenri about the piece, he claimed that he found these pieces at the flea market. He felt bad for these lonely pieces and in a way it made him aware of his own morality. It took him about four months to complete this project. Although, two pieces are finished before. Jenri said that these pieces give off a vibe where when people look at it it will make them feel nostalgic and a shared sense of belonging. I believe Jenri said this because these pieces all connote the definition of childhood. In a way, these pieces will remind everything of their childhood due to the innocent, pure vibe given off.

I really enjoyed Jenri’s works. Everything was very well put together, and the vibe of everything was great. I especially enjoyed how the pieces were simple and straightforward. The pieces were very whimsical and interesting. I feel like Jenri’s message/ goal of the project was very positive, which I support.



Wk4 – Classmate Conversation – Mia Miller

My classmate conversation this week was on Mia Miller. She is currently a freshman and is a film major. She enjoys playing sports, bowling, sleeping, reading, and listening to music. She currently dorms and lives in lakewood. Her dream job is to become a film editor for Warner Brother studios. Mia also wants to minor in japanese and business. Coincidentally she is going to Japan next month. She enjoys watching anime. Her favorites include: Black Bulter, Tokyo Ghoul, and Free. Mia is 18 and hopes to graduate in 4-5 years. It was nice meeting you Mia!

Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 7.36.40 PM.png